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Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line
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Walk the Line

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Various Artists; Producer (group): Wind-Up

Q: Why pay to listen to Walk the Line, an album on which Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon channel Johnny and June Carter Cash? A: Because it’s better than you suspect. Produced by T Bone Burnett (O Brother, Where Are Thou?), these new versions of beloved oldies ring surprisingly true. No, it’s not Johnny and June, but a credible simulation. If, combined with the (quite good) film, this inspires new fans to check out the originals, a higher purpose will indeed have been served.

Originally posted November 14 2005 — 12:00 AM EST

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